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Spanish Style Garlic Shrimp Tapas with Olives

*Recipe adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword seafood, shrimp
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 229kcal
Author Amee


  • 14 cloves garlic
  • 1 lb raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 8 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 dried chili guajillo pepper can sub red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives chopped
  • 1 baguette loaf baked and sliced


  • Combine shrimp, 2 tbsp olive oil, salt, baking soda and 2 cloves minced garlic together in a bowl.
  • Toss well to coat, cover and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add 6 tbsp olive oil.
  • Smash 4 of the garlic cloves and add to oil.
  • Cook until garlic is lightly golden, then transfer garlic to a small plate and set pan aside and turn off heat until shrimp has finished marinating.
  • Slice 8 cloves of garlic into thin slices and return skillet to a low heat.
  • Cook garlic slices and add in bay leaf and dried chili.
  • Turn heat up to medium-low and add shrimp, cooking until just pink (about 2 minutes, turning them once)
  • Increase heat to high and add sherry and parsley.
  • Cook for 15-20 seconds and serve immediately with chopped olives and bread.


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 876mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 2mg